Interschool sports: matches allowed despite a case of COVID-19 in the school

Interschool sports: games allowed despite COVID-19 case in school

Turnaround in the world of student sport. Interschool sport may continue even if a case of COVID-19 is declared in a school, Le Journal learned . According to our information, the controversial directive banning matches between establishments that have at least one person tested positive for the virus will be amended.

Unless there is an outbreak

Since outbreaks in school settings are limited for the moment, Public Health has given the green light to a new version of the regulation, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Interschool sports: games allowed despite COVID-19 case in school

Horacio Arruda
National Director of Public Health

Unless an outbreak is observed in a school, the teams will therefore be able to compete.

At a press conference on the state of the spread of COVID-19 on Thursday, Dr. Horacio Arruda had somewhat sold the wick. “If there is a case in a school, then there is no active transmission in the school, it is not indicated to close the interschool matches”, specified the national director of public health .

Remember that this rule had forced the postponement of several games and even the cancellation earlier this week of the soccer and school football seasons in the regions of Quebec and Chaudière-Appalaches. The Quebec Student Sport Network strongly criticized this orientation.

Inconsistency denounced

Thursday, it was the turn of the director general of Charles-Lemoyne College, on the South Shore of Montreal, David Bowles, to come out publicly to denounce the inconsistency of this measure. According to him, the decision seemed to emanate only from Minister Jean-François Roberge, not from Public Health. The sports teams at his establishment had received authorization from the Montérégie Public Health Department to continue playing games with other schools, which went against the directive of the Ministry of Education.

“We will respect what we are asked to do. What we appreciate less is when the Minister of Education tells us that it comes from Public Health, while Public Health tells us that they would give us permission to do so, ”argued the one. who is also president of the Federation of Private Educational Institutions.

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